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Sep 13, 2012 07:58 AM

Maggi Seasoning sauce in Houston

So there are multiple varieties of this.

I've never used any of them but I think I have used Maggi bouillon cubes. I've seen the 'original' and one of the 'Jugo's from Mexico (not the spicy); apparently Spec's has the one from Germany.

Anybody know where to get any of the others in Houston, or have any experience using them? Worth the expense?

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  1. And here I thought it was a Mexican product.

    1. I could have sworn I have seen them at the Kroger on Buffalo Speedway @ Westpark. Never tried them so I have no idea how they are. I would give them a call first.

      Also, try Central Market.

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      1. re: rondl

        I searched and searched at CM and finally found one bottle. Surprising. I'm planning on visiting that Kroger next week and I'll check it out - thanks.

        I always thought this stuff was like Kitchen Bouquet but evidently not. I don't seem to know any one who's used it.

        1. re: brucesw

          Well, I use what I thought was the only Maggi sauce and it's like a rich soya. I buy it at either Hong Kong Market on Bellaire or at 99 Ranch Market on I-10. I had no idea there were so many varieties.

          1. re: DoobieWah

            I figured Hong Kong would be worth a try but hadn't thought of 99; I guess maybe Super H Mart, too. Thanks.

            1. re: brucesw

              I loved the Blog post! Thanks for sharing!

              My original experience with Maggi was in Germany - my friends loved it, and worshipped it just like your blogger did. Unfortunately, even though some versions don't contain MSG per se, it does contain inosinates and guanylates that are the neo-MSGs that are becoming more popular these days.

              Nevertheless, you might also try the various varieties of 'thick soy sauce' apparently also called soy 'jam' - we call it jiang you gao in Chinese. I personally like varieties with 'mushroom' flavor' - again I think it's the inosinates and natural glutamates. (There's a well-intentioned but misguided thread on the general Chowhound board confusing it with kecap manis, which it definitely is not). You can use it for stir-fries, straight up as a dipping sauce, etc. My brother likes to use it in his braised pork dishes (in combination with 5 spice, regular soy, sugar, rice wine, and chili peppers).

              We recently ended up buying something that is probably really similar to Maggi - also wheat and veg protein based, called 'stir-fry' sauce. That has been our replacement thick soy for dipping poached chicken, steamed veg, occasionally boiled dumplings, etc.


              Apologies if you already use the stuff, but we love it and had to share!

      2. You can find it at the HEB on Beechnut for $1.09/ea. I picked some up from my neighbor who is originally from Mexico City. In fact, I picked her up six of them. There are two varieties, one made in China that is thin and watery and the other is made in Mexico that is thick and flavorful. The latter is the one that is sold at HEB.

        Also, this HEB is quite unique from most that I've been to. They cater to the Hispanic/Asian market and have many items you do not see in traditional HEBs.